The First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving was not named after a peaceful dinner between settlers and Native Americans, but rather the massacre of an entire tribe.
In 1636, a murdered man was discovered on an English boat in Plymouth, MA. Major John Mason and the rest of the settlers blamed the neighboring Pequot Native American tribe and burned down their wigwams and killed them all in the process.
The next day, the Governor of Plymouth, William Bradford, praised the massacre of the 400 Native Americans, which included women and children. Another Massachusetts governor, William Newell, proclaimed: “This day forth, shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.” Ever since then, every Thanksgiving Day has been in honor of a bloody massacre, thanking God that the settlers had won.